Why Dr. Elizabeth Yu is excited about advancing minimally invasive spine technology

Laura Dyrda -   Print  |

Elizabeth Yu, MD, assistant professor in the department of orthopedics at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, discusses the biggest trends in spine today.

Dr. Yu was recently named to the inaugural "20 Under 40" list by the North American Spine Society's publication, SpineLine.

Question: What are the biggest concerns for your practice today? What keeps you up at night?

Dr. Elizabeth Yu: The biggest concerns for my practice today are the education and delivery to my patients of the best possible spine care with the improving and advancing spinal surgery technologies that are being introduced daily. It is my hope that our spine societies take the lead for the development of spinal care protocols and not have the insurance carriers dictate and apply their economic-based, corporate models.

Q: What are you most excited about in terms of technology advancement in the spine space? Where do you see the best opportunity for growth?

EY: I am most excited [about] the increasing use of minimally invasive spine products in the field of spine surgery. The benefits of MIS procedures to the patient include not only decreased pain, but less tissue disruption and shorter hospital stay.

Q: Where do you see your practice growing or evolving in the next five years? What is the next step or evolution in your career?

EY: I see my practice providing the best possible spinal care to patients with spinal diseases using minimally invasive spine techniques.

Learn more about the big trends in spine at the Becker's 17th Annual Future of Spine + Spine, Orthopedic & Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference in Chicago, June 13-15, 2019. Click here

To participate in future Becker's Q&As, contact Laura at ldyrda@beckershealthcare.com.

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